Vol 1: Number 3 Fall 2012

Pastor’s Tribute to an Honorable Woman
Mrs. S. W. Graham

North Carolina has lost in the death of Mrs. Graham one of her noblest and best women.  She filled all her relations in life with true fidelity and honor.  She moved in the highest circles of society, and no one knew better than she how to fill such a sphere.  When her husband was a member of the Cabinet, nobody in the capital city of the nation was more highly esteemed than she, and so when she filled the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh.  And she knew equally well how to fill the humble and dark abodes of the poor with light and joy – how to visit them with her heart full of sympathy and her hands full of substantial comforts.  She was always studying how to benefit others, and seemed almost as forgetful of self in her efforts and plans to do them good as the Apostle Paul in his labors to give the gospel to the world.  In the impoverished state of the country just after the late war, the little church in Hillsboro was struggling to build the beautiful church in which they now worship, and to pay a debt which then was hanging over it.  Besides giving of her own means often what seemed beyond her ability, she wrote hundreds of letters to friends all over the country asking for a little help from each.  And very few refused to respond to her appeal.  She remarked to the writer one day while we were planning how we should, or could go on with the work, that she desired to see the work finished and then she would be willing to die.  But our kind Heavenly Father not only permitted her to see it finished and all paid for, but he permitted her to labor twenty years for his cause and the good of humanity after seeing the accomplishment of this cherished object.

In October of 1867, I took charge of the Hillsboro church as my first pastorate.  I shall always be thankful that in the beginning of my ministry, I had the counsel and co-operation of one of such steady faith and perseverance.

Her constant efforts to build up Christ’s cause always put forth in hope of success and encouraging words have been as inspiration to me all these years and will be until my work, like hers, is done.  Much of my little success in the ministry is due under God to her.  As I stood by her open grave I could sincerely thank God for the life she had lived, and the influence she had exerted, and which will be felt throughout eternity.  Her seven sons, and son-in-law, Judge Clark, at the request of Mrs. Clark, the only daughter, carried the casket containing the remains of their dear mother into the church.  It was the most beautiful and affecting tribute of filial affection.  May they all bear the image of her Savior as she bore it. - W.R.G.

Historic Artwork Presented to Church
During the service held on September 16th to dedicate the renovation and elevator tower addition, Reginald Carter, Chair of the Diaconate, had the privilege on behalf of former and current deacons to present the church a framed print of the church’s original conference minute notebook with the first hand-written page recording the formation of the church in November 1853.  The print was created by Kent Murray for this special occasion.  This beautiful print reminds us of our Capital Campaign theme, “A place for every generation,” taken from Psalm 79: 13 “Then we Your people … will give thanks to You forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”  The print is mounted on the right wall in the education building at the top of the steps that descend into the hallway leading to the sanctuary north side.

Interesting Tidbits about Former Pastors – Biographies have been written for 16 former pastors who served between 1853 and 1907.  Additional biographies are being written for the remaining pastors.
Christopher Columbus Newton (pastor 1886-) was born March 13, 1844 and grew up in New Hanover County, NC.  Newton was preparing to enter Wake Forest College when the Civil War started in 1861.  He joined the 61st North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Company A, organized at Wilmington, NC in August 1862.  He rose to the rank of corporal and served four years until wounded in the left arm.  After the War, he married Cornelia Herring and together they had three children; Alberta Madara Rosa, Herbert Deberier and William Cary Newton.  He was called to the foreign mission field in 1889.  He, his wife and daughter, Alberta, left for Lagos, Nigeria, Africa in June 1889, arriving there in July.  After serving five years on the mission field, Mrs. Newton became seriously ill with fever and died on July 9, 1894 and was buried in the Lagos cemetery.  Newton became ill with the same fever and doctors decided to transfer him to a cooler climate.  However, he died aboard ship and was buried 300 miles at sea on July 26, 1894.  Their daughter remained on the mission field briefly and then returned home to be married.  Newton’s son, Cary Newton, became a missionary to China. 
First Baptist Church Hillsborough NC
201 W. King Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278